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David's Thoughts

by David Placher

Friday, January 19, 2018

Liechtenstein combines German joie de vivre and Swiss warmth

Europe has a few tiny countries that visitors often miss. Liechtenstein is Europe’s fourth-smallest county (#1 is Vatican City, #2 is Monaco, and #3 is San Marino) and its population is around 36,000. It’s locked in a small area between Austria and Switzerland, and is German-speaking. Its currency is the Swiss franc, but many stores do accept euro banknotes, but not euro coins. Liechtenstein is a member of the United Nations, the European Free Trade Association, and the Council of Europe, but is not a member of the European Union. Vaduz is its capital, but Schaan is its largest city by population. There are mountains all over Liechtenstein, making it a perfect winter destination for skiing and snowboarding. Getting there is easy: fly into Zurich, Switzerland, take the train to Sargans, Switzerland, and catch the number 11 public bus. The bus ride provides a great scenic view of the area: it starts in Sargans, goes through Vaduz, and ends in Feldkirch, Austria. There is no passport or customs control.

Lesbian Love

Lesbian Love

by Barb Elgin

Friday, November 11, 2016

Time to check in with you on my online dating adventures! Well, I’ve been a paid member of a particular mainstream (vs. LGBT or lesbian-only) online dating site for almost six months now and I’m getting ready to cut bait with them when the subscription ends later this month. I like this site’s interface but am curious to see what else is out there.

Mark My Words

Mark My Words

by Mark Segal

Friday, January 19, 2018

With the North Korea situation being in front of the news, the answer to that question is simple: No. But it gives us an opportunity as a community to look at how the US and our community are dealing with other nations and their LGBT policies.  The best examples from the last few years are in the Middle East, Africa, and Chechnya.

My Fabulous Disease

My Fabulous Disease

by Mark S. King

Friday, December 08, 2017

Most people would walk away if the future seemed unclear and shut you out because they’re afraid. But I’m not. I’m right here. That’s what my love is for. My love will be your cure.
—“Your Cure,” an original song from season two of Merce

Merce, the web series about a gay New Yorker living with HIV, is a little bonkers. The candy-colored musical comedy, written by and starring the singular Charles Sanchez, has “the lowbudget appeal of an early John Waters romp,” as I wrote when season one hit your computer screens two years ago.

Pointing it Out

Pointing it Out

by Sage Piper

Friday, December 22, 2017

Ladies and gentlemen, look upon this man sitting on his meager pallet of straw, this unfortunate man who, for the amusement of all of you here, has foregone physical nourishment for 40 days this Hunger Artist, who without dispute the greatest practioner of his craft the world over has sat in this very cage in this mighty hall and has not taken even the slightest morsel of sustenance.

So, states the impresario of A Hunger Artist, and if one needed any more evidence that the Baltimore theatre scene is vibrant and exploding, there was Baltimore Theatre Project’s limited performance run of this show last week. Once again, the small Preston Street theatre proved itself to be the source of creative and innovative theatre, and it was a homecoming for a Baltimore playwright to boot. Baltimore native Josh Luxenburg, a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts, wrote the script for the one-man play starring performer Jonathan Levin. The two are cofounders and directors of Sinking Ship Productions based in Brooklyn, and they brought the show to Baltimore after successful runs Off-Broadway and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.

Quill Pen Soul

by Nicole Bettis

Friday, October 14, 2016

There once were two men stranded in a little wooden boat. For many days they coasted in what seemed to be the direction of land and safety. One day the wind was particularly unforgiving, and it rocked the ocean so fiercely that one of the men fell overboard. The other man quickly grabbed the only piece of rope they had and tossed it as far as he could into the ocean without losing his grip. The drowning man struggled against the waves and somehow grabbed the other end of the rope– and it broke.

Community Voices

Community Voices

Commentary and opinion

Friday, December 22, 2017

AS WE WRITE THIS, DOUG JONES has defeated Roy Moore in a special senate election in Alabama and Time magazine has named “The Silence Breakers,” the women who have brought to glaring light work[pace sexual harassment, especially by men with power. Both of these events could be a harbinger of a long overdue social and political awakening. However, given our society’s difficulty with rational discussions about sex, we fear there a moral panic may be the outcome. As Masha Gessen recently wrote in the New Yorker, citing the work of pioneering feminist scholar Gayle Rubin, we seem to be in a period of renegotiating sexual norms that tend to lead to “ever more restrictive regimes of closely regulating sexuality.”

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